Ketlen Vieira



Gets no help from judges in loss
January 14, 2023
Vieira lost to Raquel Pennington via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Vieira got help from the judges in her most recent bout, a split decision win over Holly Holm last May. She wasn't as fortunate here. That said, Ketlen was more deserving of this fight than that one. Neither woman managed to gain much traction throughout the course of the bout. Vieira looked good early on before allowing Pennington to regain the momentum in Round 2. With the fight seemingly up for grabs in Round 3, both women did damage. Two of the three judges gave Vieira the final frame. The difference ended up being referee Mike Bell somehow scoring Round 1 for Pennington. Ketlen remains a fringe top-five fighter because of the lack of depth in the division in which she competes, but her 3-3 mark dating back to December 2019 is far from inspiring.
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On first UFC card of 2023
October 13, 2022
Vieira will take on Raquel Pennington at the UFC event on Jan. 14, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Vieira was able to get by Holly Holm by split decision the last time she was in the Octagon on May 21. That came after she beat another former UFC champ in Miesha Tate in November of 2021. Pennington has won her last four bouts with the most recent coming against Aspen Ladd in April.
Gets benefit of judges' decision
May 21, 2022
Vieira defeated Holly Holm via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Vieira has now defeated former UFC champions -- Holm and Miesha Tate -- in back-to-back fights. Ketlen easily won the Tate fight, but this one was far more questionable. To Vieira's credit, she performed well considering she entered as a +185 underdog. She landed the harder and more consistent shots on the feet throughout the course of the fight. Ketlen's major issue was that she spent more than two full rounds being controlled by Holm in the clinch along the fence. She didn't absorb a ton of damage in those instances, but it limited her ability to generate offense and should have theoretically cost her the rounds as a result. All in all, Vieira was quite lucky to emerge with a win here, as it seemed as if judge Sal D'Amato's 48-47 score in favor of Holm was the correct one. There were rumblings that the victor here could potentially be next in line for the winner of the upcoming title rematch between Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes, but it would be awfully hard to give Ketlen the shot following this result.
Taking on Holly Holm
February 1, 2022
Vieira will face Holly Holm to headline a May 21 card in Las Vegas, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani reports.
Vieira has alternated wins and losses over her last five fights, most recently beating Miesha Tate across five rounds by unanimous decision in November. Holm is riding a streak of two straight losses but hasn't fought since October of 2020.
Takes decision from Miesha Tate
November 20, 2021
Vieira defeated Miesha Tate via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was the biggest victory of Vieira's career and the correct decision, even if there was little separating the two women. Vieira did quite well in what was primarily a kickboxing match. She allowed Tate to lead most of the striking exchanges and responded by countering her to death. Vieira also did a nice job of remaining upright, allowing Tate just a single takedown in Round 4. While the striking numbers between the two women were even, it was Vieira who landed the more powerful shots. That was enough to ultimately earn the decision. The Brazilian has real skills in the stand-up, but as Daniel Cormier correctly pointed out on the broadcast, she appears to lack the confidence to let her hands go on a consistent basis. She won this fight regardless, but Vieira would have a much higher ceiling if she was willing to do so. Vieira has shown more good than bad with the UFC, winning six of her first eight bouts with the company, but she's 2-2 in her past four fights dating back to December 2019, and her significant rise up the rankings is primarily due to the lack of depth in the division, as opposed to consistent high-level performances inside the Octagon.
New date announced
September 29, 2021
Vieira will take on Miesha Tate at the UFC event Nov. 20, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
This fight was originally supposed to take place on Oct. 16, but it was pushed back a month to allow Miesha Tate recover from a positive COVID-19 test. Vieira was last in the Octagon back in February when she lost by unanimous decision to Yana Kunitskaya.